Housed in a former orphanage that dates from 1524, the museum is filled with paintings, prints and archaeological finds that illustrate how Amsterdam grew from a small medieval town into a modern city. Of the impressive art collection, you’ll find 15 massive group portraits of the Amsterdam Civic Guards in a skylit gallery off Kalverstraat, as well as a fragment of Rembrandt’s ‘The Anatomy Lesson‘ (the rest was destroyed in a fire). Just below the museum is the Begijnhof, a peaceful enclosed square ringed by brick houses dating from as early as the 14th century. It traditionally housed the Beguines, unmarried Catholic women who wanted to serve God but chose not to become nuns.
Stationsplein 10 (opposite Central Station), Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel: 020 702 6000.
Mon-Sat 0900-1700; Sun 0900-1600.